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Meaning of “confession” in the English Dictionary

"confession" in British English

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confessionnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /kənˈfeʃ.ən/
B2 the ​act of ​admitting that you have done something ​wrong or ​illegal: I have a confession to make - I've ​lost that ​book you ​lent me. I can't ​ask for ​help. It ​feels like a confession offailure. Confession is the first ​stage of coming to ​terms with what you've done. He made a ​full confession to the ​police. an ​occasion when a ​ChristiantellsGod or, ​especially in the ​RomanCatholic Church, ​tells a ​priestformally and ​privately, what they have done ​wrong so that they can be ​forgiven: Have you been to confession ​recently? The ​priest heard his confession.

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(Definition of confession from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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confessionnoun [C/U]

 us   /kənˈfeʃ·ən/
Confession is the ​activity of ​tellingGod or a ​priest what you have done ​wrong so ​God will ​forgive you.
(Definition of confession from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “confession”
in Arabic اعْتِراف…
in Korean 고백…
in Portuguese confissão…
in Catalan confessió…
in Japanese 告白, 自白…
in Chinese (Simplified) 坦白, 供认,招认, 承认…
in Turkish itiraf, günah çıkarma…
in Russian признание, исповедь…
in Chinese (Traditional) 坦白, 供認,招認, 承認…
in Italian confessione…
in Polish przyznanie się, spowiedź…
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